Sauerbrey unsure how much she and husband are worth CAMPAIGN 1994

September 09, 1994|By John W. Frece Bea Gaddy and that 'crazy' campaign

She professes to be the budget expert in the Republican gubernatorial field, but House Minority Leader Ellen R. Sauerbrey said yesterday that she does not know how much she and her husband, Wilmer, are worth.

While touting her proposed 24 percent tax cut, Mrs. Sauerbrey said she had "put her money where her mouth is," offering to give up her $120,000 salary as governor if she cannot push through the budget cuts needed to pay for the tax relief.

But when pressed about whether she can afford to live a year without pay, she refused to estimate her family's net worth.

"I don't think that's an issue in today's press conference," the Baltimore County legislator said. "I didn't ask my husband before I left home, 'What is our net worth, dear?' "

Mrs. Sauerbrey's financial disclosure form, on file with the State Ethics Commission, shows that she and her husband own tens of thousands of shares of stock in more than 120 companies, though it does not give any total value for her investments. Their home, on 42.8 acres in Baldwin, is assessed at $158,460, land records show.

She said yesterday she did not even know how much money she and her husband, a real estate salesman and retired engineer, reported on their taxes last year. "I sign them, but I really did not

look at the bottom line," she said. For the second time in a week, homeless activist Bea Gaddy has been caught in the middle of the 43rd District state Senate race between John A. Pica Jr. and Curtis S. Anderson. And she is not happy about it.

Ms. Gaddy called a news conference Tuesday to demand an apology from Mr. Pica for using her photograph in a campaign brochure.

"The mail looked like it was from me. It was not. The mail expressed demeaning things about Curt Anderson with which I do not agree and would have never authorized," Ms. Gaddy said.

Ms. Gaddy went on to say that she was not endorsing either

candidate, though Mr. Anderson appeared at her side. He taped her statement, and the 43/44 Democratic Club, which is backing Mr. Anderson, promptly used it for a series of radio ads, which began airing yesterday.

"I don't know what's going on," Ms. Gaddy said yesterday.

"I told Curt this is crazy and just to take it off. That statement was not made to lead people to believe I was endorsing Curt Anderson. This whole group is making a laughingstock of

themselves."

JoAnna Daemmrich

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